Apple boxes are plywood made crates in definite dimensions. In one set of apple boxes there are four pieces in different size.
The origin of the term “apple boxes” is not clear, nowadays it’s determines a standard size wooden box. On every film set apple boxes are must have tool that makes work easier and more comfortable. This tool is useful on every type of set, both small amateur studio and big professional Hollywood studio.
Apple boxes are must have item on every set. Independently what variety of apple box you have, you can use them almost for everything. Here are a few tips that show how powerful tool it is.
There are many more different uses for apple boxes and I’m not able to show everyone, but here is a few photo from our friends who show us our apple boxes in use.
Gritty, unstable ground (beach, forest, meadow... )
At this film set we used tripod and slider supports
Apple boxes are also used to leveling dolly tracks.
This optimal standard set allows placement of any stack heights from 1" to 27" with an accuracy of 1 inch.
There are also a smaller version of apple boxes - “mini apple boxes”. It’s height and width is the same as standard one, but it’s lenght is half of it.
Mini apple box dimensions
Mini Full: 10”x12x”x8”
Mini Half: 10”x12”x4”
Mini Quarter: 10”x12”x2”
Mini Eight (Pancake): 10”x12”x1”
The last variety of apple boxes is a “apple box nested” this amazing set was invented and created to save space. Dimensions of Full apple box are modified to put rest of apple boxes inside.